Occupational Health and Safety in the Forestry Business

Forestry Business Initiatives

In Japan, the Sumitomo Forestry Group manages 47,977 hectares of Company-owned forests. Contractors conduct planting, weeding, improvement cutting, thinning and clear cutting operations. For the purpose of preventing occupational injury to these contractors, the Group conducts safety patrols and holds Workplace Safety Conferences at each forestry office once every half year. In fiscal 2017, there was one occupational injury (Niihama) requiring payment of compensation benefits for absence from work in accordance with the Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance Act in Sumitomo Forestry-owned forests. As a result, with the contractors involved, response measures to prevent recurrence were discussed and agreed. Additionally, warnings were issued to other contractors through the Workplace Safety Conferences.

A safety patrol

A safety patrol

Number of Occupational Injuries Involving Contractors at Forestry Work Sites in Company-Owned Forests

FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017
0 2 1 3 1

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Lectures Given by External Experts

The Sumitomo Forestry Group in Japan has enhanced educational activities at its Workplace Safety Conferences, including occupational safety instructions using examples of common forestry accidents, as well as environmental education, lectures given by experts on such topics as emergency first aid, and on-site safety guidance. Furthermore, so as to prevent lack of concentration when performing dangerous work by becoming accustomed to the work, the Group conducts safety education repeatedly.

At the Workplace Safety Conferences held at various forestry offices in fiscal 2017, experts have been invited from the Forestry and Timber Manufacturing Safety & Health Association to hold lectures on accident prevention measures based on analysis of causes of recent forestry occupational injuries, and on-site work safety guidance was conducted.

On-site guidance by experts (Hyuga Forestry Office)

On-site guidance by experts (Hyuga Forestry Office)

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